Why You Need A Cloud Based Security Broker (CASB)

Security is key when it comes to the protection of your company data. Especially if you house this valuable data in a cloud or multi-cloud infrastructure, it’s important that it is properly secured. With a cloud based security broker, you can rest assured that your sensitive information is safe and in the right hands.

What Is A Cloud Based Security Broker?

A cloud based security broker, more commonly known as a cloud access security broker (CASB) is a service that enforces industry standard security policies. These policies include authentication, authorization, device profiling, encryption, credential mapping, single sign-on, logging, alerting, tokenization and the detention and prevention of malware. CASBs are placed between your cloud service and your customers/users.

What Does A CASB Do?

A CASB ensures that the traffic between user devices (your employees’ hardware/computers and your customers’ devices) and the cloud are secure. Furthermore, a cloud access security broker ensures that your cloud provider complies with all security policies. CASBs also provide insight into what security measures are working and which ones need improvement, and they can identify users and applications that are high-risk.

In addition, CASBs will not interfere with the security apps that are already in use for administrative security control (firewalls, anti-malware software, data loss prevention etc.). A cloud access security broker will be able to tell you if one of these apps isn’t working but they’ll never override or control them without your permission.

What Does A Casb Do With The Data They Collect?

When your cloud access security broker gets the data they need to control and monitor the security of your information, they will share it with you. CASB will provide you with logs and reports that detail how your security can be improved, how your data is safeguarded etc. You can then take this data and use it as you see fit. For example, you can use the collected data to monitor cloud service usage. When you monitor service usage you have the ability to better allocate your budget.

Vendors like Netskope and SkyHigh Networks are two trusted names in the CASB industry. Most cloud platform providers work with one of these two CASB vendors to ensure that they are offering the maximum security possible for their clients.

Contact us at Zycom for more information about cloud access security brokers and what we can do for your company. Managing your data and keeping it secure is what we specialize in.

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